Arkia Israeli Airlines has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus for up to four A330-900neo aircraft.
The commitment makes Arkia the first Airbus wide-body customer in Israel and the first customer for the type in the region. The aircraft will help Arkia to expand its growing operations into long haul business and leisure markets with the world’s most popular wide-body.
The A330-900neo is the most cost-efficient in its size category, offering a reduction in fuel burn of 14 percent per seat, an increase in non-stop flying range of up to 400 nautical miles and the lowest possible maintenance costs.
The aircraft would be worth around USD$1.14 billion based on list prices. “The A330-900neo will be a key asset to help us grow efficiently on highly competitive international long-haul routes from and to Israel,"said Nir Dagan, ARKIA President and Chief Executive Officer, and added that the A330-900neo will offer passengers with the latest product with great cabin comfort on direct, long-haul flights.